updated 09:25 am EST, Wed February 17, 2010
Canadian store hints at new MacBook Pros
A series of placeholder Apple SKUs have shown in Best Buy Canada's inventory system today that hint at new MacBook Pro and possible iMac updates. A total of 18 distinct items have shown in the system. At least three of these also have additional English and French versions, a division not uncommon for Canadian Macs as each needs different keyboards.
The contact for Gizmodo also claims to have seen evidence of high-end iMacs that aren't in Best Buy's inventory as of yet, but doesn't have details.
These placements come on the heels of a smaller but similar leak from the US and often occur not long before an Apple computer replacement, although these clues don't necessarily point to an update coming within a specific time span. As Intel has almost entirely replaced its mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors with the Core i3, i5 and i7, Apple has virtually no choice but to introduce systems like an expected Core i7 MacBook Pro and likely lower-end Core i5 models. The iMac isn't as likely to get an update, although the 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo is itself is being phased out at Intel by dual-core Core i5 chips.